Saturday, July 30, 2016

BOOK TRAILER FOR - JAMES REBORN - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMy5JqlOWXA&feature=youtu.be

From Terri DelCampo:

"Check out the trailer for my brand new novel, "James Reborn" ! Beverly Cialone produces my trailers and never ceases to amaze me."

James Reborn is Terri DelCampo's most horrifying novel yet! The book trailer certainly spells that out. I love the choice of music that Beverly Cialone chose. 3 Shades Of Black, by Hank Williams III is perfect. 

Take a look and a listen. I bet you'll love it too.

Blaze McRob


Friday, July 29, 2016

SARAH KILLIAN: SERIAL KILLER ( FOR HIRE! ) - BY MARK SHELDON


https://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Killlian-Serial-Killer-Hire-ebook/dp/B01INRK79K?tag=geolinker-20&ie=UTF8#nav-subnav

Today is launch day for Sarah Killian: Serial Killer ( For Hire! ). This is a great, twisted horror tale by Mark Sheldon and is published by Joe Mynhardt and Crystal Lake Publishing. The first 100 copies are on sale for only 99 cents, so waste no time!

This fantastic book is also available in paperback and Kindle Unlimited. So many great ways to read it.

Hustle thyselves over to the magic Amazon link and see what all the talk is about.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Meet Sarah Killian, a professional serial killer (for hire!) with a twisted sense of humor.

Sarah Killian is not your average thirty year-old single woman. Foul-mouthed, mean-spirited, and a text-book-case loner. Also, she is a Professional Serial Killer.

In this Crime Fiction / Thriller novel with a twisted sense of humor, Sarah works for T.H.E.M. (Trusted Hierarchy of Everyday Murderers), a secret organization of murderers for hire headed up by the mysterious Zeke. You’ll be surprised to learn who their biggest clients are. Conspiracy theories, anyone?

But a wrench is thrown into the clockwork of Sarah's comfortable lifestyle when, on her latest assignment, she is forced to take on an apprentice, Bethany—a bubbly, perky, blonde with a severe case of verbal-vomit. In short, Bethany is everything Sarah is not.

Will Sarah be able to adjust and work with her new apprentice, or will she break her contract with T.H.E.M. and murder the buxom bimbo?

So if you’re looking for a strong female lead that doesn’t care what you think, in a book similar to the best of Dean Koontz and J.A. Konrath, then look no further than Sarah Killian – Serial Killer (For Hire).

Just don’t call her an ‘assassin.’ You might not live long enough to regret it.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

FREE BOOKS FROM KS BROOKS!


https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/KSBrooks

From KS Brooks:

"As part of the Smashwords summer sale, all my books on Smashwords are free this month. Help yourself! You're welcome. (And if you like the books, please leave a review!)"



Go to the link above to purchase KS's books for free on Smashwords as part of their super sale. KS writes some great books. Get acquainted now. You'll be glad you did!

Blaze McRob

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TV REVIEW FOR - PREACHER - BY W. J. HOWARD







http://wjhoward.com/tv-review-preacher/

W. J. Howard is back this week with a review of the TV show Preacher. I haven't seen the show yet, but W. J. 's review is rather intriguing. Take a peek at what she says and decide if it's a good match for your tastes. Don't forget to look at the side bar on the left and see what her favorite Best Low-rated Zombie Movies are.

I have another post about W. J. on the way, but that deserves it's own post.

Happy trails, my friends!

Blaze McRob



Monday, July 25, 2016

SURVIVAL - BY RHONDA HOPKINS


https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/449000

For the rest of the month of July, 2016, you can pick up a free copy of Survival, by Rhonda Hopkins, on Smashwords. The coupon code is SFREE.

I guarantee you will love this super tale of horror!

Blaze McRob


Book description:



When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

SURVIVAL Episode One was originally published in the LET'S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH anthology.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

DARKFUSE #1


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I13L2XC/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_c_x.NKxbVV668HQ#nav-subnav

DARKFUSE #1 has six new tales of horror from some very talented authors. DarkFuse is pricing this for free for a short time so get your copy now!

Blaze McRob


Book description:

 The premier volume of DarkFuse's anthology series, featuring 6 original tales of dark fiction.

"She Sleeps in the Depths" by William Meikle

"Better Heard and Not Seen" by Michael Penkas

"Carrion Fowl" by William R. Eakin

"Jaws of Life" by E. G. Smith

"Netherview" by Gary McMahon

"Children of the Horned God" by Christopher Fulbright

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In DarkFuse's first short story anthology, we are presented with six different tales, by six different authors. I found these stories to be unique to themselves (no central theme linking them), which worked quite well for me, as I love being "surprised" by what kind of story I'm getting into.

Notable favorites for myself include: "Better Heard and Not Seen", by Michael Penkas. Childhood fears and intense atmosphere really brought this story alive, and it will be one that I will definitely be returning to! (Admission: I've already read it 3 times now....;) ). William Meikle, a true genius in just about any story he writes, contributes "She Sleeps in the Depths". I am especially a fan of his tales near the water, with a distinctive "Lovecraftian" feel. "The Jaws of Life", by E. G. Smith was another that I really enjoyed. Although it was somewhat predictable in terms of the situation presented, the execution was phenomenal, and really had the power to draw me completely into the tale. I really enjoyed the beginning to Gary McMahon's "Neverview", but it just seemed to come to an abrupt end--without any sort of resolution...

All of this being said, I have high expectations for future DarkFuse anthologies!

Recommended! 
 
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm not a huge fan of mixed anthologies. I prefer one author to write them all otherwise you never know what you're ending up with. Darkfuse's first anthology proves my point. It's definitely a mixed bag of great to bad stories. Fortunately this was gifted to me by a very good friend so I think it was money well spent.

She Sleeps in the Depths - William Meikle - 4 stars
The softer side of Willie Meikle. He's one of my favorite authors and I'd never turn down a chance to read one of his stories.

Better Heard and Not Seen - Michael Penkas - 5 stars
I'd never read him before. This was old fashioned creep you out horror at it's best. A must read.

Carrion Fowl - William Eakin - 3 stars
It was OK, not really my style.

Jaws of Life - E.G. Smith - 3 stars
Ok, but predictable.

Netherview - Gary McMahon - 2 stars
I really like reading Gary's work, but this upset me. This read like the beginning of a novel. It simply ended. I felt cheated. I have a feeling we'll be seeing this one later in another format. I don't like when authors do that and won't support them.

Children of the Horned God - Christopher Fulbright - 4 stars
A mix of SF/horror that I liked a lot.

So do the math and that averages out to 3.5 stars. It's easy to toss that low one out and round up to 4 stars and recommend this anthology. I just hope that Darkfuse #2 is single author or even dual author. I think that would be much more appealing.
 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Most short story collections are hit or miss with the stories. However, in this one, they're all quite good! I love short story collections that involve different authors since they're an excellent way to sample different authors in one collection. This collection included two authors that are among my favorites (they didn't disappoint!) and the chance to try some authors that I've never read before (also good!). I recommend giving this one a try - you're sure to find something you like (probably all of the stories!).

Saturday, July 23, 2016

THE MONSTER PIT - BY ROBERT W. WALKER


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IKZ5JDO/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_X.KJxb5RJ3SSM#nav-subnav

You can pre-order this great book by Robert W. Walker now. The Monster Pit comes out on August 15th, 2016 and is only 99 cents. Have your copy waiting for you!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 An Imajin Qwickies® Horror Novella

In an abandoned construction site sits a monstrous pit designed to spawn the tallest building in the U.S., the Chicago Spire. But the pit now harbors something far more sinister…

Detective Aubrey (Brie) Hamilton and her team of retired detectives, the Old Fart Squad, are called in to investigate the disappearance of people and pets who have wandered too close to the gaping hole. When a mother and child come forward with film footage of the pit, Brie, Wiz, Reggie and the others realize that whatever lurks at the bottom is something otherworldly—and dangerous.

Armed with a special weapon, Brie’s team of unsung heroes descends into the hellish abyss and its tunnels and come face-to-face with nightmarish creatures.
Can the Old Fart Squad succeed where SWAT and the National Guard have failed? And what exactly dwells deep within what locals call “The Monster Pit”?

Friday, July 22, 2016

SCARES THAT CARE WEEKEND IS HAPPENING NOW!


http://scaresthatcareweekend.com/

http://scaresthatcareweekend.com/celebrity-guests/

SCARES THAT CARE WEEKEND is happening now! Check out the links above to see what's going on and who is coming. A lot of my favorite authors and actors will be there. The best part is that money is raised for some great causes. Help some folks out if you can. This great happening gets bigger every year. That's a wonderful thing.

People in the horror community are great people. This is a prime example of that.

Check out more goodies at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ScaresThatCareWeekend/. 

Have fun. Do good!

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

IT'S UP TO YOU TO SELL YOUR BOOKS - PART FIVE



Yesterday I said I had some tips about Facebook groups and whether it is a good place to try to sell your books. The answer is yes and no. 

Yes, because your books will gain some exposure, but no, since most of this sort of group are comprised of authors. Authors are trying to sell their books, not buy yours. The sad news is that there are not many pure reader groups, and the ones that do exist, from what I have found, are a sort of book discussion thing. I don't know about you, but I have limited time, and this doesn't fit into my busy schedule.

So, what does one do? I'm in over 100 different FB groups. Obviously, I don't have time to post in all of them on a daily basis. That means I rotate. I take my college ruled notebook and write when I posted in a group. Some days I will post a youtube trailer link, and others I will have the Amazon link. I don't wish to bore anyone with the same stuff all the time. I have a lot of books out, so I rotate those as well. While I am at a group page, I will comment on someone else's book. It's courteous. Also, I find some new books in these groups that I want to tell my readers about.

Since time enters into everything, when I have used up my quota, I'm done.

Another thing that I don't do is run a whole bunch of postings to multiple groups one right after the other. Those show up in the notification feeds as a huge glut and can be annoying. Could just be my own opinion, but I don't want to make a pest of myself.

What I'm thinking of doing is telling my readers where to find some of the better groups. My preference is for small to medium size groups, ones where books and authors don't get lost in the shuffle.I'll spread these out instead of compiling a long list that people won't want to go through all at once.

So, my advice is to use these groups as you would any other social media site: as a part of the whole.

Happy writing!

Blaze McRob

Monday, July 18, 2016

IT'S UP TO YOU TO SELL YOUR BOOKS - PART FOUR


It's been a while since I posted one of these helpful hint posts. At least I hope something good can be found in them. I have a few different items to talk about today.

1. Kindle Unlimited

Terri DelCampo, my wife, and I don't agree on whether KU is good or bad. She doesn't like it because she would rather have all the royalties for a book within the time a reader purchases said book and the time we receive the royalties in our bank account. I, on the other hand, think that until we decide to branch out a bit, which does take time, that it gives readers not familiar to us a chance to sample our reading without having to worry about getting a crap story. We get paid by the page read, thus if we write a great book readers should read more pages. Pretty simple, I think. Terri thinks I'm full of crap, however.

Another point is that Terri and I do not give our books away for a ridiculously low price. We never run free promotions, and the only 99 cent book we publish is Terri's Owl's Eye View magazine which comes out every month. At the end of the year, Terri combines all the issues into a year-end collection, which we sell for $5.99, and she starts over again. As for the pricing of our collections, novellas, and novels, we have a range of $2.99 to $6.99. Some of our monster books coming up will be more. We have an assortment of books and prices for everyone. Bear in mind that it takes a lot of time and effort to create a novel. I have one coming out next month, for example, that has been waiting for six years to see the light of day. My first editor even died while working on it. Do you think I'll  ever sell this novel for a paltry 99 cents or run it free for even a day? No way!

So, what we have are different price points for everyone. Those folks enrolled to read in KU will get a bonus. But everyone will be able to receive a quality book at an affordable price. Less anyone think we have high-noses about our books, we don't. We believe our books are every bit as good as those coming from the top authors in the business. If an author doesn't feel this way, they should get out of the business ( my opinion ). So why should we charge a price that makes readers think our stories are worth that and no more? We won't.

Getting back to the yay or nay on KU, even within my house, we do not agree. Check around with other authors and you will probably see a lot of inconclusive thoughts on this. I read the top 100 rankings for Amazon Horror Authors and I notice there is an interesting number of authors I respect, and whose books I love to read, who use KU, and there are many who don't. Whichever way you go, make certain you have an ample free sample of your books for your potential readers. Hook them from the beginning.

2. Writing More Books

The best way to sell your back-list is to increase your new book listings. If a reader enjoys your new offerings, they will check through the list of your earlier books and find more that they want to purchase and read. This little hint is a gimme. Terri and I are averaging two new books a month and we're selling books from a few years back. It works.

3. Leave Your Short Stories Where They're At

Many authors have a number of short stories in anthologies, and when the rights revert back to them they republish them as stand-alones. I would suggest you don't do this, unless the Publisher goes out of business. Why? Leaving them there is free promotion. Potential readers will see your name listed with many other authors. Priceless. But might you be losing out on potential sales? Maybe. But not much. Readers will get value with anthologies and won't want to fork over 99 cents for your short story alone.

Take my word for this. Your Amazon rankings will be higher because of this. I have one book I'm in that is constantly in the Top 100. It's staying right where it's at. And, I don't neglect to spread the word about these books.

4. Which Internet Media Source Should You Use?

This is a tough one for many authors. Some don't get noticed on their websites, Facebook, or Twitter. Maybe one rocks awesome sauce and the others fall flat.

I have a simple solution. Use them all at the same time. How? Write a post on your website. Twitter it. Share the post to your Facebook Author page. Then share that post to your regular Facebook page. If you are active on Twitter, people will retweet your tweets. Same on Facebook and your website. I notice a difference in the hundreds at times from posts I do this with and those I don't. The key is to not pound on your own chest all the time. Most of my posts are for other authors or helpful things I pass on.

Let's say you write a post about an author's latest book. Obviously, the author will be happy, but the lucky people finding the new favorite author you posted about will find other posts you wrote and the word spreads. This is simply sharing the word, my friends. It is free advertising for everyone.

Make sure your retweet the folks who retweeted your posts and respond to folks on Facebook. This is only right and fair.

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I have some other tips coming up about Facebook Groups. Should you try to sell your books there? Another sweet mystery in the business we know as publishing.

Until then, happy reading!

Blaze McRob

Sunday, July 17, 2016

TEN TO MIDNIGHT - GREAT HORROR FROM SUZIE LOCKHART AND BRUCE LOCKHART 2ND


https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Midnight-Digital-Horror-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01IKQRSAA/#nav-subnav

I've reviewed a number of short story collections from Suzie Lockhart and Bruce Lockhart 2nd. Ten To Midnight is another gem flying at you from their fingertips. I just purchased this new short story of theirs. You will love it. My review is below.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Ten to Midnight
By Suzie Lockhart & Bruce Lockhart 2nd

Presented by DigitalFictionPub.com



5.0 out of 5 stars TEN TO MIDNIGHT Is A Horrific Romp through Time!, July 17, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Ten to Midnight: Digital Horror Fiction Short Story (Digital Fiction Short Story) (Kindle Edition)
Ten To Midnight, by Suzie Lockhart and Bruce Lockhart 2nd, takes you on a ride of uncertainty, one with many stops and detours, until it reaches its climax. And what a climax it is! I never knew what fate had in store for Donnie. It's not easy for a short story to tell a tale of horror like this one does, using the theater of the mind to paint a vivid picture and create a crafty plot within a shorter form. Not many authors can do this. Suzie and Bruce can. They manage to fit all the pieces together in an ingenious, delightfully wicked manner.

You can't go wrong with Ten To Midnight. Times wasting. Latch onto a great read. You'll love the ending!

W. J. HOWARD'S MOVIE REVIEW FOR - IT FOLLOWS








http://wjhoward.com/movie-review-it-follows/

W. J. Howard is back with another movie review for the movie It Follows. How does this movie compare to Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead? Click on the magic link above and you will find out. W. J. has a bunch of great Zombie movies on the left side-bar of her website. Get her opinion of what some of the movies not talked about often rank in her opinion.

W. J. seeks out the best and the worst in movies so you don't have to.

Blaze McRob

Saturday, July 16, 2016

THE QUARANTINED CITY - BY JAMES EVERINGTON


https://www.amazon.com/Quarantined-City-James-Everington-ebook/dp/B01I22RBKE?ie=UTF8&tag=infiplusthesffan#nav-subnav

Catch James Everington's latest book, The Quarantined City. This is a superb sci-fi/fantasy tale with a little ghostie roaming around. Don't miss this one. You'll love it!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


The Quarantined City: sealed off from the outside world, with only the sight of the ocean to remind its inhabitants of life beyond. No one knows why the city has been quarantined and conspiracy theories abound.

But for Fellows life continues largely as before. He walks the streets, hunts out rare books; the sun continues to shine and the gulls circle above.

There's the small matter of the ghost haunting his house, but Fellows doesn't let himself think of that.

But when he tracks down a story by the reclusive writer known as Boursier, his old certainties fade as he becomes aware that the secrets of the city, the ghostly child, and the quarantine itself, might be more connected than he thinks...


"There is an edge of Murakami here, we are in a world just slightly skewed from our own but all the more foreign for that. Everington has a crystal clear prose style, reminiscent of JG Ballard but, like China MiƩville, twisted toward the gothic..." Damien G Walter

"Good writing gives off fumes, the sort that induce dark visions, and Everington's elegant, sophisticated prose is a potent brew. Imbibe at your own risk." Robert Dunbar, author of The Pines and Martyrs & Monsters

"Everington is excellent at evoking a mounting sense of unease, turning to dread, that close, oppressive feeling when everything is still and ordinary, but the whole world is filled with the sense that something huge and terrible is just about to happen." Iain Rowan, author of One Of Us and Nowhere To Go

Thursday, July 14, 2016

OPEN SUBMISSION CALL FROM - THE SIRENS CALL


http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/open_subs.htm

From Nina D'Arcangela at Sirens Call Publications:

"Just a quick reminder - we've currently got an open call for submissions of horror of any variety to The Sirens Call eZine! Published pieces are welcome - please see our guidelines for details."

This is for their Terrifying Tales-Issue 28. Many great authors have had stories published by Sirens Call Publications. You could join them.

Blaze McRob

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

THE CHOSEN - & - SHATTERED DESTINY - BY SHAY WEST


https://www.amazon.com/Chosen-Portals-Destiny-Book-ebook/dp/B01H5TDNJI/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467748555&sr=1-4&keywords=Shay+West

The Chosen is the first of two sci-fi/fantasy/post-apocalyptic novels that Shay West has published this month. Both of them are great. Shay's old publisher closed shop and Shay has her books back, complete with great new covers.

Be prepared for a great adventure!

Blaze McRob


Book description:



 Astra. Kromin. Volgon. Earth. To each of the four planets are sent four Guardians, with one mission: to protect and serve the Chosen, those unwitting champions of prophecy who alone can save the galaxy from the terrifying Mekans. But the signs of prophecy have not yet appeared, and the decision to send the Guardians early could doom all in the galaxy to death.

Format: Paperback
This is not my usual type of read but I literally found myself unable to put it down after the second chapter. The story is so deep and the characters very well personalized, I found myself thinking about the book and the characters throughout the day until I could sit down to read it again.
I am sitting on the edge of my seat for the second book. This is a must read! 
 
Format: Kindle Edition
Saving the universe will start with a prophecy, but will need more than a promise of hope to succeed in the end when a part of it is killed.

Their enemy are the Mekans, who are a mining force that excel at absolute destruction in stripping worlds of all their worth. Backed by their immense size and ability to repair, the only way to take them out is by a more powerful force.

Four Guardians are selected to seek out and train the Chosen, as only they stand a chance to stop the Mekans. Brok was my favorite of the Guardians, as he definitely has his hands full. Jon was my favorite of the Chosen, as every time he used his dark power I braced myself for the worst possible outcome. Gwen was my second favorite, for the depth to her personality and her inner-conflict.

Shay Fabbro does an amazing job of bringing to life vivid, unique worlds and characters, and then bringing them together. Be prepared to travel to Gentra, Astra, Kromin, Volgon and Earth while you train to face your destiny. I look forward to reading the sequel, Shattered Destiny, to see the challenges that the Chosen face next.





https://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Destiny-Portals-Book-ebook/dp/B01IAPB3FW?ie=UTF8&qid=1468452505&ref_=la_B00ANUD2L6_1_10_twi_kin_1&s=books&sr=1-10

Shattered Destiny is the second of Shay's novels in the Portals Of Destiny series. All the action from Book 1 returns. And more.

Book description:


 The Chosen and their Guardians find themselves thrust into a whirlwind adventure spanning multiple planets. The inhabitants of Astra have been terrorized by a madman, the peaceful Jhinn of planet Earth have been taken by their enemies, four more of the Chosen are killed, and the Mekans have divided their forces and have landed on both Volgon and Astra. Can the Chosen find a way to work through their differences and defeat their common enemy?

Format: Kindle Edition
Hello Readers!
I was given this book, for free, by the author herself in exchange for an honest review. I have to ask her, seriously, who does she think she is, Joss Whedon or Steven Moffat? Come On!!!!! (fellow nerd/geeks will totally get that reference by the end of this book...others, look those guys up, they are awesome, lol)

First off, I am glad that I read "The Mad Lord Lucian" between book one and two. There were a few references to it in this that made it easier to understand. If you haven't read that one yet, I recommend that you go back and read that before this, it will help.

Now I have to tell you that this was this was an action packed adventure! The Chosen get to Gentra and learn more of their fate through the prophecies. From there, they, and their Guardians, travel to the other Chosen's home worlds to learn more about each other. Then things take a turn when the Mekans start arriving on some of their planets and...well...get hooked like I did and you will find out.
Shay does a great job of being descriptive, but not overly descriptive, about how the characters look/act on each planet. I could feel the intensity at the end because I honestly didn't know what would happen. The cliffhanger of the last chapter...um...yeah, book three, here I come!
With this book, I could envision this series being made into a 13 episode mini-series on SyFy or BBCAmerica. Bring it on "Resigned Fate"! I am ready with my box of tissues!
 
Format: Paperback
In the second book of the Portals of Destiny series, there is no time to waste as the Chosen scramble to find a way to stop the Mekans' destruction of their planets. Now if only they can learn to stand together, they might have a chance. But with their hearts and minds torn between the safety of their own worlds and their prejudices against each other, it isn't easy. Just as conflicting will prove to be the sparks of attraction that arise, which come close to creating a meltdown of the group all on its own.

As things continue to take a turn for the worse, the prophecy that they are the ones to stop the Mekans is falling apart piece by piece. When they do find the right weapon to do the job, it comes down to the challenge of getting close enough to their enemy to use it, and it's a brutal, desperate fight.

I loved this book even more than the first, as all its unique and complex characters in here are even further expanded on, and the action was intense at times. Shattered Destiny became an emotional storm on me in many places when the odds took their toll on the Chosen and their Guardians. I hope there is a third book, as the ending hints this struggle for survival isn't over yet.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

THE NIGHTMARE PROJECT - BY JO-ANNE RUSSELL


https://www.amazon.com/Nightmare-Project-Dangerous-Minds-Book-ebook/dp/B01HZ801ZI/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?ie=UTF8&%3Bkeywords=the%20nightmare%20project&%3Bpi=SL75_QL70&%3Bqid=1468116229&%3Bsr=8-2&ref_=mp_s_a_1_2

The Nightmare Project, by Jo-Anne Russell, is one fantastic tale of psychological horror. Jo-Anne goes to the very edge of the abyss of insanity and hangs there with her tortured heroine, long enough so you don't know if she's coming back from it or if she'll take the plunge into a pit of no return. This is a chiller well worth every penny and more.

Welcome to The Nightmare Project!

Blaze McRob

Book description:


Julia Montgomery, a mother of two finds herself in a tug of war between the living and the dead when the asylum where she resides places her in an experimental therapy pilot program called The Nightmare Project.


Format: Paperback
Well, my fellow lovers of horror, there's another powerhouse author who knows how to scare the soul out of your skin. And I'm not kidding. I was truly frightened. Her new book has pulled me back to the days when I walked the dark and dingy corridors of a secured Psych unit. 12 years I endured the voices, the smell of medicine, the sounds of buckles from patients trying to get out of their straps while secured to their beds, it all started coming back to me with her first chapter. Here I am...I'm back in my happy place!! Jo-anne pulls you into an asylum where Julia encounters more than just crazies in this place. I love horror, but you give me a book with a psychological twist, an asylum, and some really weird stuff going on that gave me the goose-bumps, hell, I'm buying that book. Even the evil little jester was frightened, and trust me, he doesn't scare easy. Two bony thumbs up, and a special ringing of the jester bells for this great book.
-Charles Day, Author of YA novel THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF & novelette mystery THE PLAN 
 
Format: Paperback
There is nothing more horrifying then not being in control of your own mind and body. Julia Montgomery has to live with that fact everyday. She suffers from nightmares and two years ago she killed her husband and has been a patient in an insane asylum ever since. Julia wants to get back home to her two children but she might be a danger to herself and her children.

There may be one way out of the asylum for Julia and that is The Nightmare Project. This experimental procedure uses subliminal messages and aggressive psycho-therapy to control a person's unconscious behavior. There is one person who the project didn't work for and her name is Kaitlyn Summers. Kaitlyn was the youngest participant in the Nightmare Project, she didn't survive but a part of her is still in the hospital and she is looking for a new body.

Jo-Anne Russell's The Nightmare Project is a psychological horror novel that has some violent moments that will make you cringe but the scariest part of the book is the characters. Everyone has a dark side, for instance you have Kaitlyn who comes across like an innocent victim but you also see that she has a vicious temper and has murdered before. You also have Julia who just wants to be a mother again, but she has killed before and she wonders if she can be trusted around her children because she doesn't have control of her mental state. There are also several doctors and patients in the story who all seem to have their own agendas and Julia doesn't know who she can trust. Each person in this book is intriguing because they keep you off-balance wondering what their motivation is and if they are good or bad.

Another thing I liked about the book is the way the nightmares are described and how at times you are not sure if what is going on is a dream or reality. Like when you hear about why Julia killed her husband, you realize what Julia remembers is a dream and the reality of the situation is much scarier. While there are a lot of suspenseful moments in this book the two scariest moments for me were parts that weren't meant to be scary. There is one part where an orderly named Ben tells Julia that she should not do the Nightmare Project. Julia says she has to so she can see her kids again and Ben asks if she really thinks that will happen. At this point in the story you see the hopelessness of Julia's situation. You also see Ben as someone who can help her, but you soon find out he has secrets of his own. The scariest part for me though was when Julia is thinking about the feel of her husbands arms around her and how safe she felt with him. She may have killed her husband but she never stopped loving him.

If you find the concept of mental hospitals, experimental therapies and not being in control of your thoughts fascinating and chilling at the same time you will love The Nightmare Project. This book is no light read, it will leave you with an uneasy feeling and you may not look at hospitals the same again. This is the first book in a series and I am really curious where Jo-Anne Russell will take this concept in the sequel.


Friday, July 8, 2016

BED OF CRIMSON JOY - BY JASPER BARK


https://www.amazon.com/Bed-Crimson-Joy-Jasper-Bark-ebook/dp/B01G6D0CCK?ie=UTF8&creativeASIN=B01G6D0CCK&linkCode=w00&linkId=c0d822aecb664b79d95db0d86b52e1d1&ref_=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til&tag=greabrithor02-20#nav-subnav

Out today is Bed Of Crimson Joy by Jasper Bark. Jasper goes all out in this tale of horror. Read the reviews below and find some happy readers telling you their reasons for loving this tale. Jasper always writes a delicious story. Join in on the fun.

Blaze McRob



Book description:

 Rose and Stanley are an elderly couple, the sort of neighbours you’d trust to feed your cat and water your plants while you’re away. Not the sort of people you’d imagine rutting like animals on your freshly laundered sheets the minute you’ve gone.

Was it the bed that seduced them? The ornate four poster bed, with the intricate carvings and erotic tapestries, that appeared out of nowhere in Peter and Bethany’s spare room. The bed that keeps reappearing, no matter how many times it’s dismantled and taken away.

Is the bed linked to a dark secret from Peter and Bethany’s past? Is that why it’s haunting them? And what effect has all this had on poor Rose, stricken with the strangest malady since her frenzied tryst with Stanley?

At turns eerie, unsettling and poetic, Bed of Crimson Joy is one of the most dark and deeply disturbing erotic horror stories you’ll ever read.

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Review of BED OF CRIMSON JOY by Jasper Bark

I wish author Jasper Bark would install a window in his forehead, because I really want to observe his imagination at work. His newest-published, BED OF CRIMSON JOY, is a totally knock-out, kickin', take-no-prisoners, read-and-weep story which just blows common fiction out of the water and out of the Universe. I can't think of any other author quite like Mr. Bark, nor any imagination akin to his. And yes, as his Author's Note says, he is contagious.

Sixty-something Rose has endured four decades of a loveless and sexless marriage with Stanley, a man whose snippy sarcasm I can forgive only for his sharp intellect and knowledge of poetry. A chance encounter with new neighbors propels Rose into an entirely new, seemingly impossible, realm where nothing "real" any longer exists--and where what is, remains eternally, especially punishment.

If this were a Medieval moral tale, a morality play, Rose would be cast as the Wendigo, the hungry spirit always clamoring to be filled, at the cost of her own sanity and soul, and at the cost of all around her. Stanley would be cast as the Cleric, intellectual, ascetic, and lifeless. The reclusive eccentric wealthy individual who appears later in the story, to such powerful effect, would be the Mephistopheles role. 
 
Make sure you have medical insurance because you sure as hell are going to need therapy after this masterpiece from the immortal Jasper Bark !! Start off with an unlikely older couple sneaking a bit of afternoon delight on the neighbours four poster bed and then imagine Rosemary's Baby !! OMG!!! I'm sure there is something Jasper isn't telling us - like he has the mind of a deranged psychopath, is the devil incarnate or has frequent flier miles to hell and back because where he comes up with these ideas I have no idea. I just know that he sits down and these wonderful words of horror, disgust and unadulterated terror spring forth......and yes - I can't wait for the next one :) 
 
Review of Bed of Crimson Joy by Jasper Bark.
Evil will empregnate you and make you give birth to your own resentments. Whatever lurks out of that bed from hell, it wants your pain to get worse. Sweet Rose and Stanley, the next door nieghbors, have their own set of marital problems for an older couple. When they decide to spice things up a bit in the very ornate bed next door, while watching their nieghbors house. The bed seemed to read thoughts and feelings, and brought it on them ten fold. Stanley was a poet and had wrote: "Her womb was an instrument of revenge." The Bed of Crimson Joy was listening.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

DEADSVILLE AFTER DARK


https://deadsvilleblog.com/

Dale Elster and T.D. Trask have started up a new blog called DEADSVILLE AFTER DARK. The intriguing gentleman sitting in the easy chair above is J. Bony Deaderson, a most charming lad. Visit the gang as they talk about writing, reading, movies, and more. Find out about their great horror anthology DEADSVILLE and what is coming up for them. I just signed up for their newsletter so I can keep abreast of their shenanigans. I'm sure they would be happy if you did the same. Just saying.

There's a new blog in town. And it's cool.

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

THE NYMPHOS OF ROCKY FLATS - BY MARIO ACEVEDO


https://www.amazon.com/Nymphos-Rocky-Flats-Felix-Gomez-ebook/dp/B000FCKRL0?ie=UTF8&qid=1467739354&ref_=la_B00JCQ1WU0_1_2_twi_kin_1&refinements=p_82%3AB00JCQ1WU0&s=books&sr=1-2

I got to thinking about some authors I have chewed the fat with over the years and some of their great books. Mario Acevedo is one of those authors. When I was living in Wyoming, I ran into him at a book signing at B&N. Mario doesn't look like a horror author. He looks like a friendly guy you would like to sit down and drink a cup of coffee or bottle of bear with. Don't be mis-lead by that. Mario is a great author of horror, with a classic measure of snark and humor to go along with his dark stories.

The Nymphos Of Rocky Flats is the first novel in his Felix Gomez series. There are now six of them. I own them all. That should tell you something.

Happy reading, my friends.

Blaze McRob

Book description:


The first and only vampire book to be declassified
by the federal government . . .
Felix Gomez went to Iraq a soldier. He came back a vampire.
Now he finds himself pulled into a web of intrigue when an old friend prompts him to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at the secret government facilities in Rocky Flats. He'll find out the cause of all these horny women or die trying! But first he must contend with shadowy government agents, Eastern European vampire hunters, and women who just want his body . . .
Skewering sexual myths, conspiracy fables, and government bureaucracy, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats reveals the bizarre world of the undead with a humorous slant and a fresh twist.

Format: Paperback
"The Nymphos of Rocky Flats," Mario Acevedo's first novel, is a pretty good vampire yarn with a few exceptional highlights. The beginning, for instance, places protagonist Felix Gomez, still mortal, doing his bit for Operation Iraqi Freedom. But when the mission goes wrong and Iraqi civilians are killed, Felix is overcome with guilt -- easy prey for a vampire who happens by.

Back home, Felix works as a private investigator, retaining his mobility in daylight with a cocktail of sunscreens and cosmetics. He's called to Rocky Flats, Colorado, to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at a federal Department of Energy facility -- hence the title.

But the nymphomania, along with the handful of of nymphomaniacs we meet, are really extraneous to the story. Much more interesting is the vampire society Acevedo has created, as well as the small army of vampire hunters that invades the greater Denver area with crosses, stakes and silver pellets in their shotguns. The dryad is pretty cool, too.

I'm afraid the "nymphos" in the title, coupled with the leering face on the cover, my harm more than help Acevedo's sales. That's too bad, because "Rocky Flats" -- which had to be declassified by the Department of Energy before its release -- is a pretty good first novel and a solid addition to modern vampire lore.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor 
 
Format: Paperback
Oh...it's a man goes to war, man kills innocent civilians, man suffers from the guilt and anguish of killing said civilians and what happens....why he is bitten by a vampire as the ultimate punishment, of course! Now that man is back in the US, having been discharged from the army for "medical reasons" and he is, naturally, working as a private investigator. He's been lured to Rocky Flats with a retainer of 20,000 dollars to investigate a rather interesting little problem...an "outbreak" of nymphomania amount the facilities women employees.

What starts out as a seemingly simple task...discover the cause of the nymphomania turns into a whirlwind adventure that runs the gambit of every thing in this genre and throws in a few from others...we've got government conspiracy theory and cover-ups, the tedium of bureaucracy, vampires, vampire hunters (naturally), a dryad, Roswell, Area 51, Aliens...Acevedo threw in practically everything but the kitchen sink into the plot, stirred liberally and viola! We get a strikingly funny novel about a vet turned vampire (who refuses to drink human blood by the way) who is assisted by a local group of vampires and a dryad in his investigation of nymphomania...yea, it's a hoot. If this had not been written in such a humorous and entertaining way, there is no way that Acevedo could have made this even remotely believable.

It's enjoyable for it's over the top story and elements told in an over the top humorous manner! I almost passed this up because of the title and I'm glad I didn't, while this is certainly not destined to be a classic, it is funny and charming in its own way! In the end, I give it a B- because all the pieces of the puzzle don't fit quite right at the very end...but this is certainly forgivable given how entertaining the story is! I'll definitely be picking up the follow up book!

Monday, July 4, 2016

DOGS, SKUNKS, AND OTHER RUNNERS



This is advance notice about a non-fiction book of mine that will be coming out next year, probably around March. Dogs, Skunks, And Other Runners is just as the title explains. For many years, I was a competitive long distance runner. I met many fantastic runners of all kinds, running with some of the best humans in the world, and meeting up with non-humans as well. There will be tales of not only dogs and skunks, but moose, bear, elk, groundhogs, bees, and many others. How about baby clowns with full beards wearing diapers? Yeppers. It's in there. Battles between train engineers and a runner who quite nastily mooned them will also be there. I will leave nothing out.

There will be stories for runners of all abilities. Maybe non-runners will read this tome and stay away from the sport. Hmm. Could be. This is not a how to book. There are plenty of those out and about. My book will have short stories that tell of things no one else will divulge.

Uncle Blaze tells all.

Next year.

Keep your peepers open.

Blaze McRob  

Sunday, July 3, 2016

BOOK TRAILER FOR - BLAZIN' TOYBOX - LATEST HORROR COLLECTION BY TERRI DELCAMPO & BLAZE MCROB


https://www.amazon.com/BLAZIN-TOYBOX-Blaze-McRob-ebook/dp/B01HSFXSIA?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc#nav-subnav

Beverly Cialone has produced another great book trailer, this time for the latest horror collection to come from Terri DelCampo and Blaze McRob. Blazin' Toybox is not a tome about common place toys. Far from it. Watch, and listen to, the superb trailer from Beverly.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhgXALfygl4&feature=youtu.be . Chills galore, me lads and lassies.

Gotta love toys! Heh, heh.

Blaze McRob

Saturday, July 2, 2016

THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE SIRENS CALL EZINE IS OUT!


https://sirenscallpublications.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/release-thesirenscall-issue27/

From Sirens Call Publications:
 
Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of The Sirens Call eZine!

The 27th issue comes in at 140 pages and features short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from varied subgenres of Horror. It also features photography from Thomas Sawyer and an interview with Craig McGray, author of the soon to be released The Somnibus as well as a sneak peek of the novel!


Get yours now! Read it for free!


Blaze McRob